Job Summary

The Genomics Laboratory Manager will provide management, oversight, supervision, and maintenance of research labs in Department of Forestry and Natural Resources on the Purdue University campus, including genomics lab (PFEN 141), tree physiology lab (PFEN 158), and forest ecology, silviculture & soils lab (PFEN G041).  In this role, you will be responsible for oversight of all activities taking place in afore mentioned labs. Additional duties will include:

  • Curate collections of biological samples (e.g., animal tissue, seeds, etc.) and the raw, unpublished research data produced by students or visiting scientists (e.g., DNA sequence, GIS, phenology, etc.) in a logical, effective, and accessible manner
  • Train students and visiting scientists how to use/search the databases and find biological samples in the freezers
  • Assist with bioinformatic analyses of nucleotide sequence data using R or other platforms
  • Ensure proper maintenance and coordinated use of laboratory equipment
  • Maintain inventories and order supplies
  • Train and oversee departmental personnel, students and visiting scientists in proper and safe methods, techniques and procedures for use of specific research equipment
  • Maintain compliance with relevant federal, state and university safety regulations for the laboratories and relevant animal use regulations for departmental animal care facilities
  • Ensures quality control within labs
  • Prepare and maintain common use chemicals and biologicals
  • Monitor freezers and respond/react to failures in a timely fashion
  • Coordinate personnel activity, manage projects, assist with and conduct specific research projects
  • Help design experiments and research
  • Participate in the development and implementation of policies along with faculty directors of the labs
  • Perform other organizational and administrative duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field
  • 2 years of general laboratory experience (or MS degree plus one year of experience)
  • Immersive research experience
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Skills with equipment and protocols used in chemical and molecular analyses
  • Ability to diagnose/troubleshoot equipment failures
  • Knowledge of purchasing procedures
  • knowledge of BSL-2 safety procedures and associated work
  • Knowledge of relevant safety procedures
  • Computer skills (e.g., MS Office, R and other statistical analyses, etc.)
  • Basic skills in pipeline analyses of genomic and transcriptomic sequence data



  • Experience with supervision of technical personnel
  • Experience with various computational platforms (e.g., Mac, PC, Unix, etc.)

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply